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How can I contest my loved one’s will?

Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult times in a person's life. Along with the existence of emotional difficulty, there can also be added stress and tension due to the fact that you will need to sort out the financial affairs. It is important that you get the support of family and friends at difficult times such as these, so that they can offer both emotional and practical support.

When you are dealing with the final wishes of your loved one, you may have reason to believe that what has been indicated on a will and testament does not reflect his or her final wishes. In this case, you may consider taking action to contest the will. There are three steps that you should take in order to successfully pursue this.

Verify your legal standing

In order to be able to contest a will, you must have a standing. This basically means that not everyone can choose to contest a will, but instead they must have a special relationship with the person that created the will: they need to either be a beneficiary in the will or an intestate heir.

Make sure that you have time

All will contest filings must be done in a timely manner. Therefore, you need to make sure that the contestation deadline has not already passed in your case.

Ensure you have correct grounds

Lastly, you must make sure that the reasoning behind your decision to contest has legal grounds. It is important that you conduct thorough research based on your specific situation to verify whether you can successfully contest your loved one's will.

Source: The Balance, "Learn How to Contest a Will," accessed April 11, 2018

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